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2/27/2018 1:38:00 PM
Illinois House to consider gun control measures

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House committee will consider firearms legislation today in answer to the Parkland, Florida massacre two weeks ago.

The Judiciary-Criminal Committee has scheduled votes on five measures. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is scheduled to testify in favor of legislation to prohibit sales of high-capacity ammunition feeders or using body armor in committing a crime.

Other proposals would prohibit the sale of assault-style weapons to anyone younger than 21 and ban the sale of bump stocks allowing assault-style weapons to be fired more quickly.

Others would intensify screening of gun buyers for mental illness and require a 72-hour cooling off period for purchasing assault-style weapons if they remain legal.

Cardinal Blase Cupich  of the Archdiocese of Chicago will speak in favor of the package Wednesday.





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